Houston Rockets Lose to Bucks
Rashad Vaughn and the Milwaukee picked a great time to win their first game in Vegas, unfortunately it came at the cost of the Houston Rockets. Prior to this game the Rockets only loss had been to the top seeded Toronto Raptors which resulted in Houston being seeded just outside the bye seeds in 9th. So, it was anticipated this would be a win as they faced the 24th (last place) seeded team. Vaughn hadn’t been shooting the ball well, that is until today when he was super hot from the field specifically from the perimeter. He shot 7 of 17 from the field and connected on 3 of his 6 three point attempts and his last bucket proved to be the game winner.
Meanwhile just like their 3 previous Vegas games Sam Dekker (lower back), Clint Capela (knee tendinitis) and Nick Johnson (calf) didn’t play due to injury. At this point it’s doubtful we’ll see them in Vegas at all. Though the team knows what they’re getting with Capela and Johnson the inability to showcase Dekker and get a read on his ability facing other NBA players is disappointing. The Rockets will have to suffice in working this summer with him and await training camp to measure how effective he can be with complimentary players.
Of the four players the Rockets were most eager to see in Vegas the only one who got any minutes on the court was Montrezl Harrell who played well. Versus the Bucks he posted 16 points had 5 rebounds four of which were offensive an assist, 2 steals and a block. He’s proven to be exactly the type of player he was advertised to be and the Rockets have a high motor, high energy rookie they can add to the roster. He’s also not happy to have fallen to the second round and one can bet he’ll have a hit list heading into the regular season.
While the Bucks built a double digit lead the Rockets Summer League squad did exactly what their franchise counterpart does in never giving up battling back. Midway through the third quarter the Bucks held a 13 point lead which cued the Rockets comeback. Led by Glen Rice Jr., Jaron Johnson and Pierria Henry the Rockets went on a 9-0 run mid way through the fourth quarter to leap ahead of the Bucks. Vaughn once again lowered the hammer scoring 8 points in the fourth including the go ahead and game winning buckets.
Rice Jr. has made a solid case for the Rockets to consider adding him with a very productive 4 game stint. Other standouts today were Alan Williams who posted a stat line of 17 points, 8 rebounds and 2 assists prior to fouling out. Through 3 games Will Cummings had been very impressive, so it was unfortunate he had his poorest showing of the tournament in a game that determined the Rockets moving on.
By virtue of the loss the Rockets can no longer win the tournament and will play a consolation match versus the Philadelphia 76ers Thursday at 1:30 pm
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